So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the town and were coming to him. John 4:28-30
The woman at the well hears noises as the disciples return. Her heart is pounding. She sees now. The Messiah. Here. Seeing her; speaking to her; loving her. A Savior for even her; especially her. She drops all pretense, prejudice, push-back, preconceived notions, pride. She drops the water jar and runs as fast as she can back home. “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?”
Jesus wants to offer us living water too. Are we ready to receive it? Do we see a Messiah or a match for religious debate? Do we see a Savior or no bucket, focusing on circumstances our limited eyes can see? Come, see...
It starts with understanding our sin and need for a savior. Jesus brings the woman to a point of facing the thing that has brought her sorrow and shame. He is the one who can wash it clean. We just need to speak it and repent of it and accept His gift of forgiveness and renewal.
Just as water is needed for survival, Jesus comes to bring eternal water that not only satisfies but also never runs out. And when we experience the love and grace of God to find us – even in our mess – and offer us a gift of Salvation, we can’t help but tell others.
The woman becomes an evangelist…she goes and tells others about Jesus and people come to see for themselves. Not only does she meet Jesus, but she becomes a catalyst for her entire village to meet the Messiah. This one Divine encounter. This one woman who came to a well during the worst time of day to avoid being seen, who was shunned in the town for her sinful life, who was living in guilt and shame…this woman was seen and loved by Jesus and her life was forever changed.
Challenge: Head over to YouTube and search “Woman at the Well spoken word” posted by lalaland481 for a powerful spoken word from the perspective of the woman at the well.